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10 things to say with a bouquet besides “I love you”

December 19, 2015

Written by: Melissa Chue


Ah, bouquets. They are the epitome of love, bestowed upon your significant other during a romantic occasion. But that’s not the only time you should gift your loved ones. When words fail, here are 10 messages that a classic bouquet of fresh, radiant flowers can convey:


  1. To say, “You are my sunshine”

Everyone has someone who never fails to cheer them up, whether it’s their other half, their relative or their buddy. So what better way to thank your personal ray of sunshine than with a cheery, vibrant bouquet of sunflowers like the Sareena?



  1. To say, “I’m sorry”

Let’s face it: life is hardly a bed of roses, and sometimes we run into conflicts big and small. Bridge the gap with a simple bouquet that conveys your apologies as well as how much you value your relationship.



  1. To say, “Congratulations!”

Whether it’s to celebrate a new arrival in the family, or nailing that hard earned promotion, flowers can go a long way in expressing how happy you are for the recipient.

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  1. To say, “Get well soon.”

No one likes falling sick, and we could all use a perk-me-up or two while we’re recovering at the hospital or at home. Brighten up their indoors with their favourite things – sunflowers, cheery balloons, cuddly teddy bears – you name it.

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  1. To say, “Good job!”

As they say, no man is an island, and with great teamwork comes great results. Acknowledge your team mate’s efforts or achievements with a thoughtful gift that they can also display with pride. Whether it’s a handwritten thank you note or a simple bouquet, your recipient will appreciate your recognition.


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  1. To say, “Let’s make this place pretty!”

Nothing spruces up a house better than a tasteful arrangement of flowers in your favourite shade. Use it as a centrepiece for your living room or dinner table, and you have yourself a fancy coffee table or family meal.



  1. To say, “Here’s to better weather.”

With the rainy season upon us, staying indoors amid gloomy weather will become more frequent. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t bring the vibrant outdoors in with you! Get preppy colours to brighten up the environment, or compliment the sombre mood with darker, subtle shades.



  1. To say, “All the best!”

Embarking on a new

business venture or stage in life can be unbelievably nerve wrecking, and even the littlest show of support can mean the world to them. Send your loved one a token to let them know that you are with them every step of the way, even if you can’t be there in person.


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  1. To say, “Happy birthday!” 

Besides a fancy cake and (maybe) breakfast in bed, what better way to celebrate your hitting a new year than a meaningful gift? After all, you’ve never too old for presents!



  1. To say, “Surprise!”

Because really, why do we have to wait around for a special occasion just to express our love and appreciation for our friends and family?



Flower Guide

Flowers for a new mom: a newbie’s guide

December 18, 2015

Written by: Melissa Chue

Nothing says “congratulations” better than a beautiful bouquet of flowers for a new mom. But for first timers, picking a bouquet can be almost as tricky as, say, navigating the unchartered world of motherhood!

So before you change your mind and get a tacky, generic balloon, we’ve compiled a checklist to help you choose:


What’s the gender?


While gender norms may not matter that much nowadays, asking whether the newborn is a boy or a girl can be a good way to help you choose the colour scheme – blue for boy, and pink for girl.


Baby Flowers


Of course, don’t let these basic colours get in the way of your creativity; a mix of white and other pastel shades like yellow, purple and even light green is one combination that is non-conventional, yet just as eye-catching.


Pick your arrangement


flowers arrangement


Once you’ve decided on the colour scheme, you can start picking your arrangement. While carnations are a top choice, with their soft appearance and aromatic scent, they won’t last as long as hardier varieties like Gerberas.


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New mothers are often too busy looking after their newborn and adjusting into their new phase in life to worry about them flowers, and with a weather like ours, the longer-lasting the flower, the better. When in doubt, choose a simple pattern of big and small flowers that mesh well together.


Other elements


While flowers are the centrepiece, there are other elements to a picture worthy bouquet. Little trinkets like mini teddy bears, ribbons and subtly placed chocolates can make the bouquet truly hers. A congratulatory card signed by friends and family adds a nice touch, too.


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Flower wrap, basket, or vase?


To make it easier for your new mom to transport or store it, it’s best to gift flowers in a ready made basket or vase – remember that you’re not the only one who may be sending a bouquet, and getting a vase to store them is not high on the parents’ priorities. Be sure to pick one that compliments the colour of the flowers!


When to send it


It might not seem obvious, but time is a crucial factor in getting the most out of your bouquet. Most send it immediately upon hearing about the birth. The next best time would be one to two weeks after, as new mothers would typically spend the first week recovering and adjusting to motherhood. If the baby is born premature or ill, it could be better to wait for its condition to stabilise before gifting the mother, too.